Match Recap

RECAP | CF Montréal 2, FC Cincinnati 1


FC Cincinnati dropped a 2-1 result to CF Montréal Saturday night at Stade Saputo in Quebec.

With the loss, the Orange and Blue moved to 3-2-3 (12 points) through eight matches. Montréal improved to 3-3-1 (10 points). Cincinnati dropped consecutive league matches for the first time since May 2022.

Yuya Kubo scored his third goal of the season in the 58th minute to level the score after the hosts scored right before the halftime whistle. But the equalizer would last four minutes before Ariel Lassiter’s game-winning goal came for Montréal in the 62nd minute.

MTL: Josef Martínez, GOAL – 45’+4 (1-0) – In the first half’s waning moments, Raheem Edwards sprung down Cincinnati’s left side, and sent a low cross into the box for substitute Josef Martínez, who took a touch in the middle of the penalty area and found the bottom right corner of the net with his left-footed shot.

CIN: Yuya Kubo, GOAL – 58’ (1-1) – FC Cincinnati leveled the score, with the goal threat originating with Luciano Acosta in the midfield. In space, Pavel Bucha found Acosta, who threaded a ball perfectly in behind the Montréal defense for Yuya Kubo running on, who calmly placed his shot past Montréal’s charging goalkeeper into the back of the net.

MTL: Ariel Lassiter, GOAL – 62’ (2-1) – Montréal reclaimed the lead, springing forth on a counter where the goal scorer Martínez now played distributor to Ariel Lassiter, who found himself in behind the Cincinnati defense and fired a near-post bullet to put the hosts ahead.

The Orange and Blue are back in action next Saturday, April 20 at Atlanta United. Kickoff from Mercedes-Benz Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and the match will air on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, and fans can also listen to the match on ESPN 1530 in Cincinnati and iHeart.

FC Cincinnati return home to TQL Stadium Saturday, April 27 against the Colorado Rapids. Tickets are still available at or by calling (513) 977-5425 (KICK).

- FC Cincinnati are now 4-4-2 all-time against CF Montréal.
- Nine of the 10 all-time meetings between Cincinnati and Montréal have been decided by one goal or ended in a draw. 
- Yuya Kubo scored in consecutive matches for the first time in his FC Cincinnati career … He started the 21st regular season goal streak in club history. 
- Kubo’s goal was the 250th goal in club history across all competitions. 
- FC Cincinnati trailed at halftime for the first time this season.
- Goalkeeper Alec Kann started for FC Cincinnati, earning his first appearance since October 4, 2023 vs New York Red Bulls.

FC Cincinnati at CF Montréal
Date: April 13, 2024
Competition: MLS Regular Season
Venue: Stade Saputo
Attendance: 19,619
Kickoff: 7:40 p.m. ET
Weather: 41 degrees, rain

MTL: 1-1-2
CIN: 0-1-1

MTL – Josef Martínez (Edwards) 45’+4, Ariel Lassiter (Martínez, Choinière) 62’

CIN – Yuya Kubo (Acosta, Bucha) 58’

CIN: Alec Kann, Luca Orellano, Ian Murphy (Nick Hagglund 72’), Matt Miazga, Miles Robinson, DeAndre Yedlin, Pavel Bucha (Sergio Santos 89’), Obinna Nwobodo (Gerardo Valenzuela 78’), Luciano Acosta (C), Yuya Kubo, Aaron Boupendza (Corey Baird 72’)

Substitutes not used: Evan Louro, Kipp Keller, Bret Halsey, Malik Pinto, Alvas Powell

Head Coach: Pat Noonan

MTL: Jonathan Sirois, Joaquín Sosa, Joel Waterman, Ruan, George Campbell, Raheem Edwards (Victor Wanyama 63’), Samuel Piette (C), Bryce Duke (Lassi Lappalainen 85’), Mathieu Choinière, Matías Cóccaro (Josef Martínez 26’, Mason Toye 85’), Ariel Lassiter

Substitutes not used: Sebastian Breza, Fernando Álvarez, Sunusi Ibrahim, Rida Zouhir, Gabriele Corbo

Head Coach: Laurent Courtois

Shots: 17 / 8
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 14 / 12
Offside: 3 / 7
Possession: 50.3 / 49.7

CIN – Luca Orellano (Yellow Card) 18’
CIN – DeAndre Yedlin (Yellow Card) 23’
MTL – Joel Waterman (Yellow Card) 29’
MTL – Samuel Piette (Yellow Card) 34’
MTL – Raheem Edwards (Yellow Card) 39’
CIN – Ian Murphy (Yellow Card) 66’

Referee: Lukasz Szpala
Ast. Referees: Lyes Arfa, Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho
Fourth Official: Mathieu Souare
VAR: Kevin Stott
AVAR: Jeff Muschik